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With Preston becoming the 3rd City of the North West UK by 2012, it’s no great surprise that the Legal sector has seen a huge period of growth of late. Preston obtaining city status in 2002 has resulted in a huge regeneration plan in the newest city estimated at £1.8 billion of investment, which will transform Preston and the region’s economic standing.
Naturally, Preston is perfectly placed to live up to expectations with its excellent transport networks, a modern crown courts complex and a large number of businesses in the banking, insurance and legal sectors establishing regional offices within the city.
The M6 around Preston consists of eight lanes and junction 31a provides direct road links to strategic employment sites east of the motorway. The extension of the M65 to link with the M6 and M61 south of Preston has completed a local high speed road network allowing access to all parts of the North West and beyond. One million people are within 30 minutes reach of Preston and 90% of UK residents are within a 5 hour drive.
As the economy develops, so do the number of career options available to Solicitors across a range of disciplines. The investment and involvement of the North West Development Agency has increased the demand for Corporate Finance, Company, Commercial and Commercial Property Solicitors, which has seen law firms recruiting for Newly Qualified Solicitors to Partner level in volume, in order to manage the levels of work coming through the door.
Evidence of this, is shown with the increased number of mergers of firms in Lancashire. DWF following their merger with Ricksons on 1st January 2007 gained a Preston office and have subsequently announced that turnover has broken through the £50M barrier. Roland Maguire, DWF Real Estate Partner comments “Our approach to the market is to offer the same level of service and expertise that clients receive in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds with the advantages of being right in the heart of Preston and commitment to the city. Our recruitment policy is entirely focused on this.”
Another firm making headlines is Napthens LLP, who have been very pro-active in their development strategy. Following on from their recent announcement to merge with Blackpool-based Cuddy Woods & Cochrane under the Napthens name, Lancashire law firm, Napthens have also announced plans for Chorley-based legal practice, Wallwork & Company to join them. From1st October 2007, it will be a 28 partner firm with 179 staff, and one of the biggest general practice law firms in the county.
BCL Legal provides comprehensive legal recruitment services for Solicitors, Lawyers, law firms and businesses at all levels, across all disciplines and across all sectors. With offices in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, BCL Legal is dedicated to assisting Lawyers throughout the North West UK.
Layla Jackson of BCL Legal specialises in recruiting Solicitors into law firms across all disciplines in Lancashire and the Greater Manchester area. If you would like information in relation to employment within Private Practice, please contact Layla Jackson.